You may be surprised at how much water you and your family use – the average household uses about 88 gallons of water on a daily basis in the United States! All that water can certainly add up to a hefty water bill at the end of each month. Here's how you can save some money on your hot water needs while at the same time helping the planet by minimizing your water use:
Install a Solar Hot Water Heater
Installing a solar hot water heater can cut your hot water bills in half, which saves you an average of $140 a year. And if you decide to install an energy-efficient electric hot water heater as backup to your solar system, you can save even more money. With a new solar hot water heater in use, you can cut your carbon dioxide emissions by about 4,000 pounds, which is enough to counteract the emissions your vehicle releases into the environment during the span of four months.
Take Care of Hot Water Needs in the Evening
During the night, your accumulated hot water cools down. You'll have the most hot water available for use in the evening, after your solar hot water heating system has been working in the sunlight all day. This minimizes the length of time your water has to be on before it gets to the temperature of your preference. So at the end of the day, taking showers, washing dishes by hand, and doing laundry all require less energy due to the abundance of hot water that has been accrued throughout the day. The less energy that is used while you shower or clean the house, the lower you can expect your bills to be.
Replace the Faucets and Shower Heads
To save even more money on your water use, install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads in your kitchen and bathrooms. This alone can decrease your household's water usage by a whopping 50 percent, and it puts a lot less wear and tear on your hot water heater overall because less water has to be heated and pumped out.
Look for faucet aerators that are rated to use 2.75 gallons of water or less each minute and low-flow shower heads rated to use less than 2.5 gallons a minute. Many options include the ability to change flow pressure to meet specific needs, and these parts come in a variety of styles and designs to complement your home's existing décor.
With the help of these tips and tricks you'll save money and support the environment without sacrificing your comfort. For more information, speak with experts like Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.Share
26 March 2015
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